Thought I’d provide an update to the Craftsman Table Saw I had reviewed a while back.
I have been using this saw for nearly a year now… and it is working relatively well. I have had to do may renovations to my home in recent times and had the opportunity to put this saw through it’s paces.
I have used this saw to build plywood shelving, a dog house, laminate flooring, 2×4 framing, an oak stair case, base boards to name a few.
Additional pluses that I have found is that it is easy to change the blades. It is very convenient to switch from rip to cut, the accessories work okay (more on that later). It’s a good amateurs saw. I wouldn’t recommend it for any professional job for sure.
However, many issues have been popping up here and there. Such as, it isn’t really that stable. In order to cut larger sheets of ply wood and such I had to weigh the stand down with sand bags. The saw easily tips over if you are not careful. Again with cutting larger sheets, the side extensions on this saw are nice, but, they are not near strong enough to hold up any kind of weight. I had mentioned the accessories above… the rip fence and the miter gauge are best estimates now. Accuracy is flawed and the parts really didn’t stay true for long. Another small thing is that there is a little warning sticker on the table guard that snaps over the blade. The placement of this sticker is a trap! At some point while ripping wood, the piece would get stuck and I would have a terrible time pushing the piece through the blade. I had discovered later that this sticker was coming up ever so slightly and the piece would catch on it. A case of the safety warning creating a safety issue.
-Richard Galambos, C.E.T.